Parental Detention And Deportation In Child Welfare Cases (Special Issue On The Intersection Of Immigration And Child Welfare).
Carr, Prudence Beidler.
Published: January-February 2019
Vol. 96, No. 5 , p. 81-102
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
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Washington, DC 20005
This article provides an analysis of themes that have emerged from 15 years of child welfare case law in which parental detention or deportation has been a factor. For example, the article reviews the connection between deportation and termination of parental rights, reasonable efforts for parents who have been detained or deported, the standard of living in another country as a factor in best interest analyses, and options for facilitating a detained or deported parent’s participation in child welfare court proceedings. Certain rules emerge from this body of existing case law that provide guiding principles for child welfare agencies, caseworkers, and courts as they try to address the range of situations where a parent’s detention or deportation may have implications for child welfare proceedings. (Author abstract)
children of immigrants; deportation; undocumented immigrants; child welfare services; unaccompanied children; separation; termination of parental rights; parent engagement